Size: 24"W x 18"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
Emotions can be ignored, boxed up, shoved into the attic and completely forgotten for decades, their energy contained and prevented from being expressed. My journey towards becoming a Psychologist made frequent visits to the attic, each time bringing down some of the boxes and going through the contents. Energy that has been trapped in a tightly sealed box in an attic for decades isn't calmly waiting for the lid to be removed and the contents examined. This energy demands immediate expression and when this process is started, it cannot be stopped. "Part of the Process" is the expression of this energy.
My first deep desire to paint happened when I was three years old and I begged my dad to let me help him paint the walls but understandably, I wasn't able to convince him to let a toddler run loose with a brush bigger than her arm, loaded with wet paint. I didn't actually put the brush to canvas until 30 years later when I took my first Expressive Arts Therapy class. I was every bit as captivated then as I had been at three. Nature is an incredible inspiration for me and when I paint in nature, the connection deepens. In all of my nature inspired pieces I focus on capturing both the texture and the subtle color variations and shadows created from the illumination of the sun. My educational journey to become a Psychologist included extended visits to the past, uncovering the unexpressed, buried emotions. Painting gave me an outlet to express these charged emotions and discover aspects of myself I hadn't known existed. It also brought me into contact with my soul.